Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
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  1. Daily Radar
    There's more than 50 hours of continually branching narrative and vicious freeform combat awaiting those brave enough to enter its dark and twisted world.
  2. Decidedly different from what you are used to in an RPG. You'll either eventually take to it or you'll just be put off by all the unfamiliarity. There's a true sense of creepiness to it - the ever-rising number of casualties really gets under your skin. It sure got under mine.
  3. 100
    Its unique modern-day setting along with terrific characters and a dark story make Persona 2 an engaging game from start to finish. It's truly a must for serious RPG fans.
  4. While in many ways the same game as Innocent Sin, Eternal Punishment retains the same excellent gameplay and offers expert storytelling, which make it worth playing despite its similarities to the first chapter.
  5. It may not have the flashy summons of the "Final Fantasy" series or an innovating attack system like "Vagrant Story," but what it lacks in other fields it makes up for in real character and originality.
  6. GMR Magazine
    This game looks as good as it can, and the gameplay still offers a few tricks you won't find in your average RPG. [Aug 2004, p.103]
  7. The aspect of contacting and interacting with demons was also an element that I fully embraced. It broke the monotony of simply killing and killing in order to gain experience points.
  8. A very intricate, engrossing, and abnormal RPG. If you like things a tad on the bizarre side, Persona: Eternal Punishment is right up your alley. People who should stay away from Persona 2 are novice players.
  9. 82
    Its unique visual style, its unusual characters, and its absorbing gameplay systems make it a game to kill plenty of hours with this winter.
  10. Persona 2 is a large game. With a lengthy main quest, plenty of side quests, replay incentives, and even a bonus dungeon available from cleared data, there's no shortage of things to do and discover.
  11. The demonic and fittingly adult storyline goes hand in hand with the updated and modernized look, it's almost as if a Clive Barker movie went RPG.

Awards & Rankings

#35 Most Discussed PS1 Game of 2000
#24 Most Shared PS1 Game of 2000
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 41 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 41
  2. Negative: 10 out of 41
  1. G.Alvarez
    Sep 1, 2001
    Just not the sterotype of medieval adventure with princess (a.k.a. "ff9").
  2. Baofu
    Jul 21, 2004
    I have played this game many times before and even now as I play it again, still it gives the creeps on me again. Complete with adult I have played this game many times before and even now as I play it again, still it gives the creeps on me again. Complete with adult storyline, demonic style, combined with very good graphics this game really rocks. Only one good advice is that do not ever get too deep into the game or you'll find yourself asking if it's reality based. Believe me coz' if you'll do it you'll spin your head hard enough. Anyway try this game coz' this is really a good game with a good story and good graphics. Full Review »
  3. BradR.
    Jul 11, 2001
    It's really good!